The ninth weekly ZoomChat conversation with FIR hosts and listeners covered (among other things) how to make Zoom meetings more engaging. As with each of these informal and unstructured chats, we do them live via Zoom, recording each one as we go. You can join us live via Zoom (see below for how to do that); or, after the live event, watch the video on YouTube. Watch Now You can also listen to or download the MP3 audio file. Join us on Thursday May 28 at 1pm EDT / 6pm UK … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 9: Zoom Better
The eighth weekly Zoom conversation with FIR hosts and listeners covered a lot of ground, including a look at Phil Gomes’ collection of mugs featuring the logos of evil corporations from movies. Not to worry, there was lots of communication-focused conversation, too. Watch Now You can also listen to or download the MP3 audio file. Join us on Thursday May 21 at 1pm EDT / 6pm UK time for the next episode of FIR Zoom Chat. You’ll need the specific Zoom URL for this meeting: contact … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 8: Evil Fictitious Corporations
The seventh weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz in conversation took place last Thursday. As with each of these informal chats, we do them live via Zoom, recording each one as we go. The recording is published after the live conversation usually within a few days of the event or, as is the case with this episode, quite a few days later. Whether sooner or later, we hope you enjoy these unstructured, unfiltered, authentic conversations. You get … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 7: Conference Ribbons
Last Thursday, Shel and I recorded the sixth weekly ZoomChat where we engage in informal discussion with FIR listeners. Each episode is typically up to an hour although I'm usually there only for the first 30 minutes (part of my Zoom fatigue management). This episode is just over the hour. In this episode, the conversation ranged wide as usual, from the fun and games of lockdown life with kids (and without grandkids); views on lockdowns far and wide across the US, in Brazil and in the UK; … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 6: Short Memories
The fifth weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. Our primary discussion continues to focus on coronavirus and lockdowns, and how communicators, businesses, and whole industries - automotive and airlines to name but two - are managing, although a shift in focus is emerging: getting back to work once this crisis is on the wane. And what might the new normal look like? Watch Now You can also listen to or download the MP3 audio file. Links … [Read more...] about FIR Zoom Chat 5: How We’ll Get Back to Work
With so many people using video conferencing tools - especially Zoom - in their new-normal working from home lockdown environment, there's a rise in anxiety and stress when it comes to using a tool like this as your primary method of real-time communication across the work/life divide. It's leading to burnout says Angela Lashbrook writing in OneZero last week: When we’re already forced to conduct our work life via the same means, it’s perfectly reasonable to become overwhelmed when … [Read more...] about FIR Zoom Chat 4: Zoom burnout
The third weekly FIR Zoom Chat hosted by Shel and Neville on April 9 got off to a promising start and continued with great discussion with a handful of FIR listeners on preparing now for communicating return-to-work when coronavirus lockdowns are lifted or relaxed. It lasted 21 minutes or so until we were hijacked by a coordinated zoombomb attack featuring many simultaneous zoombombers that ended our discussion. The clue to what was coming, unbeknownst to us, is the unknown fella who joined … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 3: Zoombombed!
The second weekly FIR Zoom Chat hosted by Shel and Neville includes a robust discussion with a group of FIR listeners of criticism leveled at the increasingly popular videoconferencing tool, Zoom, and the response from the company’s CEO. Links: A Message to Our Users from Zoom founder and CEO, Eric Yuan, April 1.The Zoom Privacy Backlash Is Only Getting Started - Wired, April 1.Everybody seems to be using Zoom. But its security flaws could leave users at risk. - Washington Post, April … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 2: Zoom and Privacy